In the Israeli city that lives for the beach by day and the party by night, food is the fuel that keeps locals raring to go. If you haven’t heard, Tel Aviv is one of the world’s best food destinations – and falafel is top of the menu. This Middle-Eastern street food is the sort of snack worth travelling halfway around the world for. Here’s where to find the best falafel in Tel Aviv.
The name Hakosem quite literally means ‘magician’ in Hebrew and this justly famous falafel outpost near the Tel Aviv Museum of Art does indeed conjure up mindbendingly delicious little spherical wonders. They come with a spellbinding array of tasty toppings.
The old Yemeni neighbourhood is a true foodie heaven – street food wherever you look, plus amazing traditional restaurants serving up old family recipes. You can’t go wrong with any of the falafel in this area around the Carmel Market, but Maganda really is a bit special.
Just a few sad shekels in your pocket? You can still eat like a king at Razon near the Carmel Market, where 6ILS (€1.60) will bag you some of Tel Aviv’s scrummiest falafels in pitta, with crispy cabbage salad, tahini and amba, a mouthwatering mango sauce.
Abu Hasan-Ali Karavan
Without any doubt, this is the most authentic spot in town for houmous and falafel – eat in or takeaway, you should insist they give you a generous splash of their signature house lemon dressing for knockout levels of zest. Find it at 1 Ha’Dolfin Street, near Jaffa Port.
The Old Man and the Sea
Known for its just-caught seafood and lively dockside setting, this joint’s falafels are absolutely first-class flavour-wise too. Crunchy on the outside, green, mushy and delicious inside thanks to flavourful, freshly smushed herbs. The original outlet is in Jaffa Port, but there's a second location a little further south that's less touristy. Find it at 85 Kedem Street.
Shlomo and Sons
The folks at Shlomo and Sons, a decidedly modest-looking kiosk a couple of blocks back from Nordau Beach, have been frying up note-perfect falafel for over 40 years and they’ve still never given up their secret recipe. Though we highly suspect there’s a good dash of turmeric in there.